Debs was brought up in south Wales and started singing at the early age of four. At the age of 11, she took part in her first full stage production and straight away got a love for the theatre and music. At the age of 14, Debs took her first lead as Maria in The Sound of Music with only 2 hours notice and sight-read the entire role from the wings. She began to compete in several Welsh music festivals (called Eisteddfods) which gave her a great platform for learning what to do and not do on the stage! Over the years Debs has won over 50 awards in competition.

Debs read music at Huddersfield University and went on to further vocal training at the Scottish Conservatoire of Music in Glasgow. Where part of her studies involved a module called Techniques of Singing specifically designed for singers who wanted to become singing teachers.

After completing her studies Debs went on to perform professionally in a variety of ways. “I was very fortunate to be performing in some capacity nearly every week. Now, I try to pass onto others what I have learnt from my own experiences within the music industry.”

A former member of the BBC National Chorus of Wales and has sung in numerous concerts, broadcasts and recordings both in this country and abroad including last night of the proms and a Christmas Doctor Who concert that stared David Tennet and was conducted by Murray Gould. As a soloist she has sung in various concerts, musicals, appeared live on radio, cabaret, weddings and in Opera. Some of her roles include Frasquita in Carmen, Despina in Cosi Van Tutti, Rosina in The Barber of Saville, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Flora in La Travita and more recently Doralee in the musical Nine to Five. Debs also works as a freelance musical director for various choirs and theatre companies including the Billericay Community Choir.

Debs is also a fully qualified music teacher and obtained her P.G.C.E. in Secondary Education from the University of East London and was a former Head of Music at a school in Thurrock. She has been involved with music for nearly 40 years and has a wealth of experience to pass on to her students.

Student Successes

The academic year 2019-2020 has been one of the most successful in the history of the academy despite lockdown cutting the year short. Some of the highlights from this academic year. 100% pass rate in the practical and music theory examinations with over 80% gaining merit and 50% distinctions.

Amelia Stevens obtained a place at a performing arts college.

Ruth Thomas (aged 10) passed the music entrance exam for Ursuline and obtained a music scholarship for her singing.

Imogen Miller successfully auditioned and got into the Chelmsford Cathedral Girls’ Choir.

Ophelia Farrell (aged 10) who has only had lessons for less than a year won two vocal competitions at Chelmsford Music Festival and had the privilege of being selected out of 500 competitors and over 40 winners to sing in The Winners Concert.

Two of the student’s Charlotte Podd (soloist) and Freya Wadey sang live on radio with Chelmsford Cathedral Girls Choir.

Amelia Stevens took her first lead as the narrator in Joseph and did an amazing job! Amelia has gone on to take other leading and supporting roles over the last year with her Theatre School.

Emily Woodrough played the leading lady of Scaramouch in We Will Rock You.

Several other students have enjoyed performing in various choirs, concerts and theatre productions around the area